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Marbles Monday Menagerie

Interesting thoughts on unhealthy and healthy criticism.  (Can there be a menagerie without Tom Rainer?  I think not.)

I have also wondered why autumn has two names.  When is it appropriate to call it autumn and when to call it fall?

For my Greek-nerd friends- love the discussion on the fun topic of anger and its relevancy to life.

Now that the papyrus fragment has been called a forgery, here is some info on that verdict.

Is having something in place like this admitting that there is going to be a failure? Or jurisprudence?

Divorce rate among Christians.

For my entire life as a Christ-follower, I have heard that the divorce rate among folks in the churches I attended was no different than that of the secular population. It always puzzled me that somehow those who were really working hard to have a Biblical influence in their lives would look no different in the marriage department than anyone else.

This kind of promotion of statistics did not help me. Were we all really the same? Just because the average divorce rate in the US was roughly 50%, did that mean I had to fall in the statistical quincunx box. I didn’t want that for my life.

The other day, I ran across a more reasonable chart showing some data on divorce rates in various religious demographics.

Finally, some relief.  Not true after all. I feel so much better. I want the best relationship with my wife I can possible have and remain faithful to my vow “til death do we part.”

Day 1 of 40 Day Prayer for America, Sept. 28, 2012

Day 1

Target: Apathy

Psalm 127:1

Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

In 1787, Benjamin Franklin told state delegates, “If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? … ‘Except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it.’” He then called for daily prayer to keep God in the business of the nation.

Prayer:

Father God, forgive us for allowing this great nation to slide through our fingers as we sat back in silence, never standing up for our Christian beliefs. We have been selfish and apathetic, caring more about pleasing men than pleasing You. We now humbly come before You, seeking Your unmerited mercy and limitless favor. In order to survive, we must rebuild our nation as one nation under God, serving no other gods but You. With You all things are possible, and it is through the power of the cross that we are able to do all things through Christ Jesus. We ask that your anointing blood flow over our nation, that it cleanse us from all unrighteousness, and that it wash us whiter than snow. May the sacred blood of the cross bring us to a place of renewal and revival, where You are once again pleased with the state of our union. May we do all things with excellence, bringing honor to the one true God, in whom we dwell and have our being. We ask that you saturate our homes with the attitude of gratitude, and renew a right spirit within us. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

John Hagee Ministries

Marble’s Monday Menagerie 09.24.12

Never underestimate the value of ordinariness.  “When you life is full of ordinary thing.”

Before you criticize your Pastor read this.

Knowing when to say “I don’t know” works for everyone.

Something theological that got me thinking.

Come on men sing!

The logic of religious violence.

External Christianity is not enough.

The gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life.  I cannot be grasped by reason and memory only, but it is fully understood when it possesses the whole heart.

Let nominal Christians cease from insulting God by boasting themselves to be what they are not, and let them show themselves disciples not unworthy of Christ, their master.

We must assign first place to the knowledge of our religion, for that is the beginning of our salvation.

But our religion will be unprofitable if it does not change our heart, pervade our manner, and transform us into new creatures.
(GBTCL, 21)